In the latest edition of Comcast SportsNet's Inside Look, Blackhawks Hall of Famer Stan Mikita discusses everything from his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia, memories of his first NHL goal with the Blackhawks, the 1961 Stanley Cup championship team, his reaction to teammate Bobby Hull leaving to join the WHA, his bout with oral cancer and much more.
Here are a few of Mikita's quotes from the exclusive one-on-one interview with Chris Boden:
On his youth growing up in Czechoslovakia: Well, I didnt have much of a life there. I was only eight-years-old when I left. So eight years and probably half of that understanding what I was all about. First of all, I didnt know the English languagethats number one against you. But the big thing was that it was going to be a change (moving to Canada) and I didnt think that they were going to go through with this adoption the more I thought about it after the fact. The first thought was what are they talking about adoption to Canada and so on, I thought well jeez, this could be fun.
On the 1961 Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks: The thing that stood out to me was Glenn Hall. I've never seen a man play goal that fast and that quick; he might've developed the flap. Stop and flap and he's ready to go again, so he was never out of position. When a guy like him can pitch a shutout against a team, especially that team, the Montreal Canadiens (in the first round), and he did it twice in a row, which was the fifth and sixth games, and then we went on against Detroit. But that series thereever since then, I've never seen a goalie play better.
On being loved by generations of Hawks fans: I don't know how a life can be better when you sit backyou have your moments, as we all doI have my moments, as you all do. The point iswe're here. She's (his wife Jill) still herethe kids are happy, or at least they look happyand.it's a good life.
Watch the first part of Inside Look with Stan Mikita below and check out the full episode by clicking here.
Jonathan Toews was named alternate captain of Team Canada on Thursday for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.
Sidney Crosby was named Team Canada’s captain. Crosby, who claimed his second Stanley Cup in June, was also Team Canada’s captain en route to the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
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Toews, who has been the Blackhawks’ captain since the 2008-09 season, was also alternate captain of Canada’s 2014 Olympic squad. Shea Weber of the Montreal Canadiens will serve as Team Canada’s other alternate captain.
Duncan Keith will not be part of the Blackhawks’ World Cup of Hockey contingent after all.
Keith will focus on improving his health rather than play for Team Canada in the tournament, which takes place next month in Toronto. The Blackhawks released a statement regarding Keith on Wednesday afternoon.
"As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee injury that he sustained last season, we understand his decision not to participate in next month’s World Cup of Hockey," team physician Dr. Michael Terry said in the statement. "We believe it is in his best interests to focus on getting stronger and not risk further injury."
Keith had surgery on that knee last October and was sidelined about one month.
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will take Keith’s place.
The Colorado Avalanche are looking for a new head coach, and Blackhawks assistant Kevin Dineen is reportedly a "major candidate" to land the job, according to Mike Chambers and Terry Frei of The Denver Post.
Dineen, 52, has spent the last two seasons as Joel Quenneville's right-hand man, and helped guide the Blackhawks to a Stanley Cup victory in 2015.
He previously served as the head coach for the Florida Panthers, where he went 56-62-28 in two and a half seasons with the team.
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Dineen is familiar with the Colorado area as well, playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver from 1981-83. He scored 26 goals and 23 assists in 67 games across two seasons with the Pioneers, and was named captain as a sophomore.
Because he's under contract with the Blackhawks for the 2016-17 season, the Avalanche would have to seek permission to interview Dineen, and it's possible it already happened.
The Avalanche are looking to replace Patrick Roy after he resigned on Aug. 11 due to philosophical differences with management.
Roy was 130-92-24 in three years with the Avalanche, guiding his former club to a Central Division title in his first season but missing out on the playoffs the past two years.